How many times a month do you eat fast food? If it is more than three times, know that the specialist of the Superior School of Medicine (ESM) of the National Polytechnic Institute, Elizabeth Karina Pina Moranwarned of the importance of reducing fast food consumption for the proper functioning of nerves, muscles, kidneys and heart rhythmbecause they are foods high in sodium, saturated fats, carbohydrates and sugars.
“If only fast foods are chosen, the body will begin to undergo metabolic changes manifested by overweight and obesity. In addition, over time, fatty tissue is altered and inflamed causing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and fatty liver disease, which makes it difficult to perform their duties correctly“, explained the specialist.
Eating fast food is a fast alternative for a living city, where is it difficult to follow proper meal planning to maintain a healthy diet. In his presentation “A healthy diet from the medical point of view”, given to the Economic, Administrative and Social Research Center (Ciecas), he recognized that this factor and the fact of being accessible, convenient and practical food is the reason for being the choice of a large number of Mexicans.
How does fast food lead to diabetes and hypertension?
One of the fundamental compounds of fast food are free radicals, which are chemically unstable molecules capable of affecting the nucleus of cells where genetic information (DNA) is located, causing mutations or gene inhibition. This generates a chain reaction from which arises a systemic phenomenon of silent inflammation in muscle tissue, affecting various organs of the body, warned Karla.
Likewise, fast food consumption is a diet low in fiber, which can cause intestinal dysbiosis; that is, an imbalance of microorganisms in this region of the body (better known as the microbiota), preventing the proper metabolism of food. Consequently, the concentrations of acetate and fatty acid which stimulate the growth of adipose tissue will increase, as well as the increase of low density cholesterol in the blood.
Although there are no “miracle foods”, our country has a wide variety of foods enriched with minerals, vitamins, proteins, etc. Hence the importance of having a balanced, complete, sufficient and varied diet that covers the needs of the human body, including all the food groups on the Eating Well Plate.
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